Ask CCRM: Medical Director Presence at Risk Management Meetings

April 14, 2010 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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A CCRM member recently asked whether a contracted medical director should attend the organization’s corporate risk management meeting.

According to ECRI Institute, it is appropriate and beneficial for the medical director, whether a contractor or an employee of the organization, to attend the corporate risk management meeting. The medical director may have a different perspective on how to address the clinical risks that may be discussed in the meeting and can contribute outside-the-box ideas on mitigation strategies and annual risk management goals. Some of the issues that the medical director can assist with include the facility’s approach to handling adverse events, accidents, or other safety events and the facility’s development of an approach to disclosure of unanticipated outcomes. In addition, the medical director may be able to resolve complaints from residents or families by...

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